Baroque and modern violinist and violist Alexandra Eddy performed and recorded for nineteen years in Washington D.C., New York City, and Versailles, France with Opera Lafayette, an internationally acclaimed period-instrument ensemble specializing in French opera of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and made up of vocal soloists and orchestral players from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company, which has many recordings on the Naxos label, frequently collaborates with the New York Baroque Dance Company in exciting staged and semi-staged performances.
As a modern violinist, Dr. Eddy has appeared with many highly respected professional ensembles including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the National Symphony Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Boulder Bach Festival. She has had the honor of performing with many internationally known Classical performers and pop artists.
Also a composer, Dr. Eddy’s recent work includes Gabriel, From Heaven’s king for soprano, violin, harp, and cello; The God of Love My Shepherd Is, for soprano, violin, and organ; and a Duo for violin and bass drum. Arion, her chamber opera on a mythological subject for mezzosoprano, violin/electric violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, and percussion, was premiered in Boulder in 2007, with the support of a Boulder Arts Commission Mini-Grant. Stars is a substantial work for violin alone composed in honor of Alexandra’s late father, the scientist John A. Eddy. She is currently at work on a setting of the Mass for organ and four voices.
Dr. Eddy, who holds the Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University and the B.A. in Music from the University of Colorado, taught courses in music history, music appreciation, performance practices, and humanities for 20 years in the College of Music and Humanities Program at the University of Colorado. Her humanities book, Mirror of the Muses: Music as a Reflection of Culture in the Western Tradition, was published in 2015 by Cognella. Dr. Eddy, who has also served on the music faculty of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, maintains a private violin and viola studio in Broomfield.
Photo of Alexandra Eddy by Joseph Oxandale
Photo at top of page by Marjorie Eddy